Michio NAKAMURA (Associate Professor)

Doctor of Science, Kyoto University

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The overall aim of my studies is to understand sociality of animals including humans. I have been studying wild chimpanzees at the Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania since 1994. I have also visited other chimpanze research site such as Bossou (Guinea), Budongo (Uganda), Kibale (Uganda), Ugalla and Gombe (Tanzania) for direct behavioral comparisons.
I am also conducting habituation of a new group and extensive surveys in and around Mahale.

Positions held

  • 1999 Completed doctor's course at Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
  • 1999 Research fellow at Japan Monkey Centre
  • 2001 Doctor of Science at Kyoto University
  • 2004 Assistant professor at Graduate School of Science, Kyoto University
  • 2008 Associate professor at Wildlife Research Center of Kyoto University

Selected Publications

  1. Nakamura M, Itoh N 2015. Larger chimpanzee-dispersed seeds are elongated at Mahale, Tanzania: possible consequence of plant-disperser interaction? Journal of Tropical Ecology 31:183–186.
  2. Nakamura M, Hayaki H, Hosaka K, Itoh N, Zamma K 2014. Orphaned male chimpanzees die young even after weaning. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 153(1):139–143.
  3. Nakamura M, Corp N, Fujimoto M, Fujita S, Hanamura S, Hayaki H, Hosaka K, Huffman MA, Inaba A, Inoue E, Itoh N, Kutsukake N, Kiyono-Fuse M, Kooriyama T, Marchant LF, Matsumoto-Oda A, Matsusaka T, McGrew WC, Mitani JC, Nishie H, Norikoshi K, Sakamaki T, Shimada M, Turner LA, Wakibara JV, Zamma K 2013. Ranging behavior of Mahale chimpanzees: a 16 year study. Primates 54:171–182.
  4. Nakamura M, Nishida T 2013. Ontogeny of a social custom in wild chimpanzees: Age changes in grooming hand-clasp at Mahale. Am J Primatol 75:186–196.
  5. Nakamura M 2010. Ubiquity of culture and possible social inheritance of sociality among wild chimpanzees. In: The Mind of the Chimpanzee: Ecological and Experimental Perspectives, Lonsdorf EV, Ross SR, Matsuzawa T (eds), University of Chicago Press, pp.156-167.
  6. Nakamura M 2009. Interaction studies in Japanese primatology: their scope, uniqueness, and the future. Primates 50(2):142-152.
  7. Nakamura M, Nishida T, 2006. Subtle behavioral variation in wild chimpanzees, with special reference to Imanishi's concept of kaluchua. Primates 47(1):35-42.
  8. Nakamura M, Uehara S, 2004. Proximate factors of two types of grooming-hand-clasp in Mahale chimpanzees: implication for chimpanzee social custom. Curr Anthropol 45(1):108-114.
  9. Nakamura M, 2003. 'Gatherings' of social grooming among wild chimpanzees: implications for evolution of sociality. J Hum Evol 44(1):59-71.
  10. Nakamura M, 2002. Grooming-hand-clasp in Mahale M group chimpanzees: implication for culture in social behaviors. In: Behavioural Diversity in Chimpanzees and Bonobos, Boesch C, Hohmann G, Marchant LF (eds), Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, pp. 71-83.
  11. Nakamura M, McGrew WC, Marchant LF, Nishida T, 2000. Social scratch: another custom in wild chimpanzees? Primates 41(3):237-248.
  12. Nakamura M, 2000. Is human conversation more efficient than chimpanzee grooming?: comparison of clique sizes. Hum Nat 11(3):281-297.

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